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The Best Jazz Albums of 2010

Jazz was working all the angles in 2010. Is there any other genre that has as much range -- from solo instruments to big bands, from instrumental to vocal, from European musicians to both North and South Americans, from truly pretty music to raucously avant-garde "noise"?

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John Zorn: Pellucidar: A Dreamers Fantabula

The tide pulls the quiet surf back to the shore where John Zorn's Dreamers await with nine new compositions. Nice.

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Eszter Balint - 'Airless Midnight' (album stream) (premiere)

Singer-songwriter Eszter Balint's first album in more than a decade, while eclectic, retains a remarkable consistency throughout.

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RBMA - A Night of Round Robin Duets (Photos) & Conversation with D'Angelo (Video)

The Red Bull Music Academy brings unique performances, parties and conversations to New York for a full month since last May. Enjoy photos from the Round Robin and video from a conversation with D'Angelo.

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Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

Two years ago, Marc Ribot's "rock" band gave us one of the best albums of the year. Now he can claim 2010 with his (almost) solo disc of film music.

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Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi

A storied delta pianist makes an album of classic New Orleans tunes, and it may be the best jazz of 2009.

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Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog: Party Intellectuals

Idiosyncratic American guitarist teams up with bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Ches Smith for the year's best heretic deconstruction of power trio clichés.

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Marc Ribot: Marc Ribot [DVD]

In this too-brief biographical film, French documentarian Anaïs Prosaïc aims to unravel the mystery surrounding this complicated artist

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Medeski, Martin & Wood: Note Bleu

MMW's jammy Blue Note years, collected, with the addition of several unreleased tracks and a DVD of the band live-in-grooveloving-concert

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